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American IS defector faces terror charge

Mohamad Jamal Khweis, a 26-year-old Virginia man, is charged with providing material support to IS, according to a federal criminal complaint unsealed hours before he was due to appear in US court for the first time in his caseAn American who joined the Islamic State group and escaped after becoming disillusioned appeared in US court Thursday to face federal terror charges in a case that could provide insight on the jihadist group. Mohamad Jamal Khweis, a 26-year-old facing charges of providing material support to IS, was ordered held without bail at the hearing in his home state of Virginia. The case could shed new light on a trend that has seen IS successfully recruit disenchanted youths, including from Europe and the United States, to fight on its behalf.

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